“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
Today I want to talk to you about attitude. My attitude in particular, as this happens to be my blog. I’ve just had a very tiring week, and I’m feeling a bit doolally. What tore me away from you, I hear you cry? How’s about Guide camp, solo visit to the in-laws, flying family visit and a “one of those” talks?
Yup. Come with me and I will show a bit about how my attitude both scuppered some of my opportunities but also was radically shown to be a pansy in a yellow dress.
Guide camp is one of those experiences that can either be great or it can totally suck. This time, at least for me, measured on the sucking scale. It rained incessantly, there were way more girls than we normally go with and we went with another unit who do things in a totally different way to us. If my attitude had been a bit better, I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more (example of this in a minute). As it was, I spent a good day and a half bemoaning the bad weather, being miserable because it was all a bit weird and missing out on doing some of the activities.
If I’d been up for it, I could have tried archery and rock climbing again. If my attitude had been in the right place, I could have proven to myself that I’m not too old for this stuff! I remember the absolute buzz of rock climbing and I miss it. I did manage to buck up my game though and I completed the Jungle Trail which involved a good 8 foot of piping with elastic spider webbed across it that you had to force your way through.
I was proud of myself when I managed to climb over a wall as part of this obstacle course. Yup, it was only about 6 foot high. Yup, it had a stump on one side to help you over. Yup, I got kicked in the head while helping the girls over and hell yeah I waited until everyone else had gone over before I tried. Even so, I normally wouldn’t even have attempted it in case I couldn’t do it. It’s the little things in life.
Follow up Guide camp with a trip to see the in-laws without Hairy there as a buffer. This involved travelling down on my own (not normally a problem until I need to pee and then I either have to leave my bags or take them with me), spending three days with Hairy’s brother and wife and trying desperately not to embarrass myself. Challenge accepted.
Luckily it was way easier than I had freaked myself out to expect. Hairy’s family were welcoming (mmmmm, wine…) and helpful, my sister-in-law to be was lovely and I managed to get a lot organised while I was there. Attitude beaten, organisation skills at 100%.
Often my biggest issue is my attitude. I scare myself with over thinking everything, worrying way too much and generally procrastinating. I’m always best when I jump head first into something and my attitude can’t get in the way. In this case I’m going with wedding preparations – I want something done, I need to get on it rather than let my worries get in the way.
How about you? Have your fears or bad attitudes ever got in the way of you being able to do things?